Meditatiion

09/04/2020

I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—-not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that way you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, and idolater or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked man from among you.’(1st Corinthians 5:9-13)

The church lives and ministers in a hostile world, beloved. To carry out the commission of Christ, the church must remain in he world, revealing the power of Christ Jesus by living our lives by His standards.

When church members reflect the practices of those who refuse to repent, we lose the power to proclaim the gospel. The local church must maintain moral discipline within its membership. Just because our work is outside of the church, does not mean we have to submit to the world. Maintaining our moral discipline inside of the church is in a supportive environment. Outside of the church, maintaining our discipline requires our focus on the work Jesus has called us to do.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, the work we do inside of the church, we are helped by the support and strength of our membership. The work we do on the outside of the church is successful only from the strength we receive from You and the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. You call us to proclaim the message of salvation to those in the world, most effectively through the way we live out lives and give an example of what that looks like, and not just by words. We need and depend upon Your support in this daily endeavor. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

There is much in the world to make us afraid; but much more in JESUS to make us unafraid!

KNOWING GOD:

If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.” (2nd Thessalonians3:1415)

The church disciplines members in love to bring them to a state of repentance. When a disciplined member repents, the church must accept and forgive. Such discipline is carried out by the body of Christ, which is the church.

Discipline must be backed up with forgiveness. Church discipline may be appropriate when serious offense is involved, but Christians never, ever are free to withhold forgiveness when a person seeks it by confessing of their sin. Undue punishment may cause overwhelming discouragement and grief unless Christ love is reaffirmed. Redemptive love and real forgiveness are essential in maintaining a strong fellowship in a church, and these qualities should be in good supply in any church.

I AM:

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us. So if I com, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. (3rd John9-10)

Leaders in the church are not to seek preeminence over others not to malign other church leaders in order to win greater influence. If that’s not clear, listen to this: “Egotistical, self-centered church members cause disputes in the church. They try to destroy the reputation of other church members and destroy Christian fellowship. They assume power and dictate matters in the church such as who may be a member. John set the patters for the church by dealing with the dispute head-on rather than trying to hide and deny it! The authority and love of Christ Jesus must guide attempts to settle disputes.

Second Thought of the Day:

If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, your have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or tax collector. ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bounce in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:15-20)

Beloved, sin sets one brother/sister against another; therefore, we should not let it. We must actively seek to overcome the results of sin and renew our relationships and that of the church with God. We must practice fellowship and there is a three step process, as noted here in these verses: 1) one on one; 2) one with 2 or 3 witnesses with the offender; 3) the church and the offender. All through the process, the love of Christ is to be shown and believed by all parties. This is not just said, it must be lived out.

Jesus has give us, the church, the work of bringing people to him. The church prayers, worships, and experiences the presence of Jesus. The church is a powerful body created by Christ Jesus to promote fellowship, forgiveness, witnessing, and worship. If the church does not outwardly promote these qualities, then it is not Christ’s church!

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